Sailing to Byzantium is a powerful Irish poem. Another week, another Yeats poem! He features so many times in the top 100 Irish poems list that it is hard not to feature him. The central theme behind this beautiful poem is man vs eternity and nature. It comes in at number 13 on the top 100 Irish poems list.
I would have to say that of all of Yeats’s poems; this one is a powerful poem. And if you, for some reason, don’t know who W.B Yeats is, William Butler Yeats was a Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer, widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.
Written in 1926 and included in Yeats’s most outstanding single collection, 1928’s The Tower. I guess as we know, the older we get, the more we tend to look back on life. This was certainly evident in last week’s Irish poem Another September. Yeats really goes into the difficulty of keeping one’s soul alive in a fragile, failing human body. Yeats is leaving Ireland to sail to Byzantium, an ancient Greek city.
I hope you enjoy this once again wonderful Irish poem by W. B Yeats.